Miami Beach Bowl - South Florida Bulls vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 12/21/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11-2) at South Florida Bulls (7-4)
College Football: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Marlins Park)
The Line: South Florida Bulls +3 -- Over/Under: 64 See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will play the South Florida Bulls in the Miami Beach Bowl.
The South Florida Bulls were 8-4 this season and finished second in the American Conference East Division. The South Florida offense is averaging 33.7 points per game with 242.9 rushing yards per game and 185.8 passing yards per game. Quinton Flowers is the South Florida quarterback who is completing 61.1% of his passes for 2023 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Flowers also has 883 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for the Bulls. Marlon Mack has 1273 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for South Florida. Rodney Adams has 692 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns for South Florida. The South Florida defense is giving up 21.1 points per game with 220.6 passing yards per game and 140.6 rushing yards per game. Auggie Sanchez has 106 tackles, Jamie Byrd has 5 sacks, and Deatri Nichols has 4 interceptions for South Florida. South Florida is +8 in turnover margin this season.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers were 11-2 this season and won the C-USA Championship game. The Western Kentucky offense is averaging 44.2 points per game with 365.4 points per game and 154.4 rushing yards per game. Brandon Doughty is the Western Kentucky quarterback who is completing 71.8% of his passes for 4594 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Anthony Wales has 986 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Western Kentucky. D’Andre Ferby has 604 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers. Taywan Taylor has 1363 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns for WKU. Nicholas Harris has 851 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers. The Western Kentucky defense is giving up 25.2 points per game with 234.5 passing yards per game and 156 rushing yards per game. T.J. McCollum has 100 tackles, while Nick Holt has 4 sacks and 3 interceptions for Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky is +16 in turnover margin this season.
Western Kentucky really impressed me this season with their C-USA Championship run. Western Kentucky has one of the best passing attacks in the country, and the fourth best scoring offense in the nation. Brandon Doughty is a really good quarterback for the Hilltoppers and I expect him to have another good game. South Florida ended the season on a four game winning streak and really started to click offensively. South Florida has the eleventh ranked rushing attack in the country and will look to get the ground game going early. With both teams having success either running the ball or passing the ball, we may be in for a high scoring game. I think Western Kentucky is the better team here and I trust their offense more than South Florida’s. I am picking Western Kentucky in this one.